Kantos named CEO for Wild Rose and Waupaca
The management teams have been realigned at ThedaCare Medical Center-Waupaca and Wild Rose Community Memorial Hospital.
Craig Kantos will be CEO for both the Wild Rose and Waupaca hospitals.
Dawn Shuman, BSN, MSOLQ, will shift from her role as CEO at Wild Rose Community Memorial Hospital to become the director of nursing and patient care for both hospitals.
“For several months, our teams in Wild Rose, Waupaca and throughout ThedaCare have been thoughtfully studying the most effective way to keep healthcare vibrant in our communities today – and for generations to come,” said Brian Burmeister, senior vice president, ThedaCare Medical Centers. “As our system matures, our leadership structure needs to evolve to meet the changing healthcare needs in our communities.”
Shuman began her healthcare career as a nurse. Her desire to enhance the consistency, quality and safety of nursing practices throughout ThedaCare, along with her administrative experience, helped lead her team through the integration with ThedaCare.
Kantos has served as the CEO for ThedaCare Medical Center-Waupaca for 17 years. He led Waupaca’s integration team with ThedaCare and has overseen several building projects on the Waupaca campus. His team has been recognized with numerous patient satisfaction awards.
Both will begin their new roles July 1.
“Craig and I see our new roles as a team effort, and we believe our combined talents will be good for both organizations,” Shuman said. “We have accomplished so much in the past two years and we understand there is important work yet to do. I’m inspired by the potential the future will bring.”
Burmeister also announced that Betty Jo Balzar, current director of nursing in Waupaca, has taken a new role as director of clinical informatics for ThedaCare, and Jenifer Danzeisen, currently director of nursing in Wild Rose, will transition to a manager role with primary responsibility for the Wild Rose clinics as well as clinical leadership in the Wild Rose Hospital.
“I look forward to working with Dawn and everyone at Wild Rose to find new ways to collaborate and continue to enhance the patient experience,” Kantos said.